The Effectiveness of Orthotics

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Release, Realign, Relieve | No Comments

By Dr. Aliya Visram DC

Think of your feet as the foundation of your whole body, similar to the foundation of a house. Your feet support the weight of everything above them. If the foundation is cracked or unstable in any way this could affect the structure all the way up!

The primary goal of an orthotic is to help reduce unnecessary stresses and strains in your feet, lower limbs and lower back by re-aligning your lower extremity. A foot orthotic can be effective in helping to actually treat a number for lower limb dysfunctions. In fact, research shows that orthotics can treat and actually prevent mechanically induced foot problems leading to common injuries like knee pain, shin splints, and pain along the bottom of the foot. Sound familiar? Many people experience this pain but don’t really know what to do about it! Custom foot orthotics can also help with pain and complications related to health conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.

Improper foot alignment can lead to a wide variety of foot, knee, and lower back problems. By improving the alignment the body is able to function more efficiently with less stress on the muscles and ligaments that hold you together. Our orthotics are custom-fit and designed based on a complete biomechanical assessment involving GaitScan technology.

Orthotics can help with these very common complaints:
• Plantar fasciitis (pain in the sole of the foot)
• Knee Pain
• Metatarsalgia
• Bunions and Neuromas
• Achilles tendonopathy
• Shin splints
• Iliotibial pain syndrome
• Low back pain
• Hip Pain
• Sacroilliac (SI) Joint pain

Most extended health insurance plans cover the cost of orthotics (remember, your coverage resets every year!). If you have any concerns or questions, give the clinic a call or send an email to Dr Aliya at